The green always shines brightly on St. Patrick’s Day and this pixelated shamrock throw pillow pattern is a stylish and festive decoration.
I am always looking for easy ways to use up my fabric scraps, and this project is definitely a good one to do that.
It is easy to make so does not matter what your sewing skill level is. The most important thing to remember is that you need to keep everything organized when you are assembling the top.
As a result of a few hours of work, you get a festive throw pillow that looks good on St. Patrick’s Day, or any other time of the year.
Here are the instructions.
- Finished pillow case measures 22” square and will fit a 24” pillow insert (fits better with an insert that is not too thick)
- A scant 1/4” seam allowance is used
Supplies You Will Need:
- Front design of pillow case – Scrap fabric cut into 2 1/2” squares – 31 in a variety of greens, 90 in various shades of cream and off-white – for a total of 121 fabric squares
- For the back – 2 pieces of cream or off-white fabric, both cut 22 1/2” X 16”
- 24” pillow form – A flatter pillow insert should be used
- General sewing supplies
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Step 1 – Lay Out the Design
On a large, flat surface, lay out your squares, following the pattern grid.
Step 2 – Prepare To Sew
- Organize the fabric rows carefully, so the squares do not get mixed up.
- First, cut 11 small pieces of scrap paper, number them, and set them aside.
- Next, start with the top row (row 1), pick up the squares in order, and form a stack of squares for that row. Make sure the left piece of the row is on top.
- Finally, take the scrap of paper with the number 1 on it and pin it through the stack for that row. Pin it in the top left of the square so you’ll know where the top corner is.
- Repeat with the rest of the rows.
Step 3 – Sew The Front
- First, sew the individual squares together, row by row. Use care to keep them in the correct order. Leave the paper marker with the row number on it, pinned to the top left corner of the row so you know the positioning. Hint: When sewing the individual squares together, I always put a pin in the top of the square on the left so I know which way it gets joined to the other squares.
- Next, after all of the individual rows are done, start sewing them together. Take care not to sew over the paper row number, but keep the labels in place until the front of the pillow case is done.
- Finally, press the completed top. If you used the 1/4” seam allowance, your top should measure 22 1/2” X 22 1/2”.
Pressing tip: When piecing the individual rows, make sure to press each seam in the same direction and alternate that direction with each row. For example: Press row 1 seams to the left, row 2 seams to the right, row 3 seams to the left and so on. This will make it much easier to sew the finished rows together because you will be able to nest the seams.
Step 3 – Prepare The Back
- Take one of the large pieces of back fabric and lay it, wrong side facing up.
- Fold over one of the long edges about 1/2” and press.
- Sew down the long edge.
- Repeat with the other piece.
Step 4 – Assemble The Pillow Case
- First, lay the completed front of the case on a flat surface, right side facing up.
- Then lay one of the back pieces, right side facing down, on top of the front piece, lining up the unfinished edges on the top and sides. The finished long edge will be in the middle of the pillow.
- Next, lay the second back piece, right side facing down, with the unfinished edges lined up on the bottom and sides. The finished long edge will be overlapping the other piece of the backing.
- Pin along all four sides together, around the outside of the entire case.
- Sew around the outside, using a 1/4” seam allowance. For extra stability, backstitch along the edges of the opening of the case.
- Finally, trim off the corners, taking care not to snip any seams.
Step 5 – Finish the Pillow
- Turn the case right sides out. Make sure to carefully push out the corners.
- Insert the pillow form.
It is that easy. You now have a decorative pixelated shamrock throw pillow to help celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style. This would also make a thoughtful gift for an Irish friend.
This holiday pillow is the second in my series of pixelated holiday throw pillow patterns. The first was my scrappy hearts which can be seen here.
Next up is Easter, so be on the look out for that one!